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What We Love

  • The vibe manages to be sophisticated without being stuffy
  • Cooking course with Michelin one-star chef Gilles Charpy of Montagu restaurant
  • Some cottages and apartments put you right on the fairway
  • Hydrangeas and rhododendrons bloom on the golf course
  • The Stable Bar, which has walls that once separated horses' stalls

What To Know

  • Not all rooms have the romantic castle view
  • Comfort Club Rooms have no air conditioning
  • The nearest serious shopping is about 22 miles away
  • For nightlife, you will have to drive to nearby towns
  • The pools are very small; Atlantic beaches are half an hour away

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

One glimpse of the on-site castle tells guests that a stay at Domaine de la Bretesche will be out of the ordinary. It’s the property’s block of ivy-covered outbuildings — once the working heart of the castle for blacksmiths and cooks — that houses the hotel rooms.

Visitors often expect rooms to be formal and staid, but inside, riotous reds and rich mole and gold enliven the original stone and wood. With a background in haute couture, hotel stylist Marina Bessé brought a daring sense of color to the property’s 32 individually styled rooms. Designer fabrics, leathers and stone contribute to a high-end ambience.

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While 15th-century visitors to the chateau rode through the nearby woods hunting for quail and hare, current guests are more likely to be looking for a little white ball that went astray. An 18-hole course challenges golfers’ concentration in what has been called the “most beautiful golf course in France, and maybe in the world” (per Golf Courses of the World).

Being a non-golfer, I was content to gaze at the weeping willows on a stroll through parts of the 500-acre property. Others borrow bicycles to explore, make use of the tennis courts or swim in the indoor or outdoor pool. After active pursuits (or perhaps instead of them), schedule a treatment at the Spa Cour Caré, where soft music and natural stone surroundings combine with a medley of herbal aromas to create a relaxing vibe.

Unless you plan to spend all of your time playing golf and eating on-site, a car is highly recommended. To experience more of the area, friendly staff members will help you plot out a drive to sights along the aptly named Côte d’Amour. From the domain of the romantic castle to the Coast of Love, Domaine de La Bretesche makes for a peaceful, rejuvenating getaway.

How to Get There

Hotel & Spa de la Bretesche
Domaine de la Bretesche
Missillac, 44780 France

Reviews

Beautiful setting but not much else
ThomasTheKat

The location is beautiful, but the rooms are not very convenient, mine being at the top of a tower with no lift . The main restaurant is pretentious and appalling value, with mainly fish based bite sized nouvelle cuisine courses on what appeared to be a tasting menu . The golf club cafe/restaurant offers better food and much better value . Maintenance of the grounds is superficially satisfactory , but sadly one of our party had his car damaged overnight by a falling branch of a tree in the car park despite there being no wind . With the huge number of trees on the estate, rather better husbandry is called for. Would I go again ? No

Magical hotel, expensive extras
florencereally

We loved this spectacular hotel built in the domains of a fairytale castle and with a chateau feel to its own architecture. It has both a wonderful atmosphere and all the luxury golf hotel trappings. I thought the gym was pretty good with good weights and other accessories. The outdoor pool was gorgeous and a perfect temperature. Our room was excellent with its own hall / dressing room and a little view of the lake. We were a little taken aback by all the extras on the bill. The restaurant had ropey service, tiny (but v good) portions and lunch came to 110 euros for 3. Breakfast is extra; 27 euros - service is excellent and the choice superlative. All in all the price (£850 for 3 in 2 rooms for one night plus meals) was probably fair enough but more than I expected. I did think 6 euros for a small Perrier from the minibar a bit much. There didn’t seem to be a lot of options for eating outside of the hotel as it was a Tuesday night. We were driving from St Malo ferry on our way to Bordeaux and the Dordogne, and this was an amazing one night antidote to the sufferings of the overnight ferry!

Lovely grounds, awesome room, great service
jeremypetty1

Lovely grounds, awesome room, great service! Delicious food in the onsite pub. Had drinks in the beautiful courtyard. Super comfortable, air-conditioned room. Overall, a fabulous place to stay. Multi-lingual staff very helpful. Fairly expensive, but worth the splurge!